when should i start a daily routine for my twins

Jamie - posted on 11/23/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )




I already have 4 boys, aging from 6 yrs to 2 yrs old, i just had twins in september. I've always had a routine with my boys, and the twins have seriously thrown a wrench into my routine...do you think it's too soon to start a routine for them??? I've already got them used to a bath nightly before bed, but the days are hell, and when the boys come home from school, I'm so stressed out, everything I'm used to and everything their used too, has been drastically changed....help!!!!


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Stephanie - posted on 11/27/2009




I had my twin girls in may this year and started a routine straight away! it was dificult at first because some people told me to follow what they want to do but making them follow a routine i want has made them easier to handle now especially as i am on myown with them! \both me and my girls know exactly what is going to happen and when! Makes it less stressful for everyone! Good luck x

Amanda - posted on 11/26/2009




its never to early. the hospital put my girls on a routine in the week that they were in there so when they came home we just stuck to it and by 3 months they were sleeping through the night. they are nine months now and still follow a routine mind now as they have gotten older we have had to change a few things but its still a routine. once you get them on one they will let you know if you are running late. if im running late for a feeding my girls will crawl over to their highchairs and start climbing them or if they are in their walkers they ram them and start going Aaaaaaa Aaaaaaa its the cutest thing ever

Tamara - posted on 11/25/2009




We started from day one my boys were in the NICU unit for 70 days in total and we just carried it all on from there it helps to know how to handle our days and keeps them happy too. Try and get hold of Gina Ford's a contented house with twins I used it as a quideline but it did help out in times of need and what we should be aiming for.

Congrats and goodluck

Ciera - posted on 11/25/2009




it's definitely not too early. the day they come home you can get them into a routine and the more consistent you are the quicker and easier they will take to it. work it out around your boys' routine to make it easier for yourself.

Alda - posted on 11/25/2009




Oh dear, with twins you have to have a routine otherwise you'll go mad. My girls were born at 28 weeks and spent the first 3 and 4 months of their lives in hospital and in one way I suppose we were lucky because the nurses got them into a routine. They eat at the same time and (usually, if I'm lucky) have naps at the same time. They go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. You don't have the luxury of jumping to their individual demands too often. I wish you the very best of luck. I battle with twins and cannot imagine how manic your life must be.

Ashley - posted on 11/24/2009




i have a 8 yr old boy an 3yer daughter plus i have 17month old twin girls i started there routine as soon as i brought the hm frm hospital sam with my older two its amazing how quickley my gurls got into there routine

Tracy - posted on 11/24/2009




starting a routine is a very good idea. It's even better when you start one with them when they are at the hospital. Such as beginning with their feedings. Then as they get older incororate other things. I completely understand the part about them throwing a wrench in. It probably comes in with every child just tougher with twins. It may even call for some change.

Rachel - posted on 11/24/2009




In my opinion, its never to early to start a routine. I put mine on one as soon as we got back from the hospital and after 2-3 weeks they fell into it. My kids have, and still do, thrive on routine as it gives them structure and predictability. If that´s what you want to do then I recommend starting asap! GL and congrats!

Syndi - posted on 11/24/2009




My twins were born September 20 (albeit many years ago) and I started a routine in January. It was by far the best thing I ever did. I nursed them so our feeding times were staggered by 30 min as I preferred to nurse one at a time. But having a schedule was so much easier. It only took a few days for us to get into a routine. Always trust your instincts. If it feels right, do it!

Michelle - posted on 11/23/2009




hey, Congratultions on your twins. I just had my twins 31st august. I dont think its too early to start a routine.. I started mine in october, They feed at the same time everday, Have tummy time the same time everyday. Sleep for 3hrs during the day at the same time bath at 5:30, Bottle then bed at 6:00, I dont hear from them until 6 - 7 the next morning. I have 3yr old who is used to routine, so I have to have one for the twins.

P.s i also know how hard it is to get into one, especially for the first few weeks. Goodluck! :)

Crystal - posted on 11/23/2009




I have twin daughters who are now eleven. I really don't think it's ever to early to start a good routine with them! Children need structure and it makes life so much easier for us! I can recall people thinking I was crazy to be so routine driven when they were younger but I felt more in control of things, and in turn got less stressed and truly got to enjoy my time with them. Even now that they're older everything flows so much easier, I find that I don't have trouble getting them to sit down and do homework, chores, etc the way so many other people do. They know their responsibilities ahead of time so its less stress for all involved. If you've always had a routine with your other children there's no reason not to do it with your twins too! I think you'll find as they get older you'll see all the work it takes in the younger years will greatly benefit you! Good luck!! :)

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